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Saint of the Day: Bl. Julia of Certaldo

Retired to a life of prayer after saving the life of a child


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Augustinian Tertiary (1319-1367)

Her life

+ Julia was born into a poor, but noble family in Certaldo, Italy, and worked as a domestic servant for a family in Florence in her youth.

+ At the age of 19, she became a member of the Augustinian Third Order.

+ At the time, Florence was experiencing significant political unrest and she chose to return to Certaldo, seeking a life of prayer and solitude.

+ She won unwanted fame by rescuing a child from a burning building and this helped inspire her choice to live as an anchoress in cell attached to a church in Certaldo.

+ Blessed Julia died on January 9, 1367, and devotion to her was confirmed by Pope Pius VII in 1819.

For prayer and reflection

For love of the Lord Jesus Christ, she despised the kingdom of the world and all worldly things.”—Entrance Antiphon for the Mass “For a Virgin”


O God, who declare that you abide in hearts that are pure, grant that through the intercession of the Virgin blessed Julia we may be so fashioned by your grace, that we become a dwelling pleasing to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal: Common of Virgins)

Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

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